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Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 19th October 2012.

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Photo of Alex Cunningham Alex Cunningham Labour, Stockton North

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his Burmese counterpart regarding violations of freedom of religion or belief in Burma, including Chin State.

Photo of Hugo Swire Hugo Swire The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

The protection of and support for human rights in Burma remains central to the UK's policy towards Burma. While recognising the progress in Burma over the last 18 months, Ministers and officials continue to raise our concerns over reports of human rights abuses at every opportunity.

Most recently at the Friends of Burma meeting at the UN General Assembly in September, I raised our concerns over the violence in Rakhine and Kachin States.

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